22 episodes

Why do people keep resisting new things? That’s the question Pessimists Archive tries to answer. In each episode, we travel back in time to the moment that a new technology or innovation was introduced—something that today we think of as totally commonplace!—and we explore why everyone was freaking out about it. Our hope is this: By seeing how repetitive and often silly yesterday's fears were, we can begin to defang today’s fears as well.

Pessimists Archive is hosted by Jason Feifer. Follow us on Twitter at @pessimistsarc, which is run by Louis Anslow. Our email is pessimistsarchive@gmail.com, and website is pessimists.co.

Pessimists Archive Podcast PessimistsArc

    • Technology
    • 4.8, 209 Ratings

Why do people keep resisting new things? That’s the question Pessimists Archive tries to answer. In each episode, we travel back in time to the moment that a new technology or innovation was introduced—something that today we think of as totally commonplace!—and we explore why everyone was freaking out about it. Our hope is this: By seeing how repetitive and often silly yesterday's fears were, we can begin to defang today’s fears as well.

Pessimists Archive is hosted by Jason Feifer. Follow us on Twitter at @pessimistsarc, which is run by Louis Anslow. Our email is pessimistsarchive@gmail.com, and website is pessimists.co.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 Ratings

Travelbella ,

Fun & fascinating....

If you love history and fun facts you’ll love this podcast.

Dana Darling ,

I’m addicted

I just finished the episode about the history of mirrors, and not only was the content fascinating and informative but I was also left to ponder how mankind has uses morality just as much today as they have in the past. Changing the language doesn’t change the intent of how we treat each other as people. I can’t wait to listen to the next one. I’m addicted!

imagodei20 ,

Always worth a listen

One of the fastest podcasts I click on when there is a new episode because the research behind each episode never fails to deliver! Appreciate the perspective you give me on the pessimists among us

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